August 15, 2012 - Frameworks, includes, and ME!

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August 15, 2012 - Frameworks, includes, and ME!

Postby raw10 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:11 pm

This Web Wednesday went by in a flash! And we didn't even discuss Flash. Go figure.

If you want to watch it after the fact, here's the link to the archive on YouTube:

More on Includes!

Sandy had some more questions on include files, so here's a link to a page on that talks more about it:

If you're hosting on MagicEdit, we support includes on all of the types of files that MagicEdit supports: .html, .htm, and .shtml. But you can use similar methods on other server technologies such as PHP and ASP.NET.

Boilerplates and Frameworks

Boilerplates make deploying websites faster (or that's the idea). They act as a basis for your own design, something that you can work off of and make your own. Usually it's a mix of CSS and possibly JavaScript, along with some standard HTML elements that you can style up to match your design.

Some common boilerplates are Twitter Bootstrap (, HTML5 Boilerplate (, and Skeleton (, but there are tons more out there.

After the Hangout I thought about this some more, and I think the reason why you wouldn't refer to these as "frameworks" is that the nomenclature would conflict with the term "Web Application Framework", which also includes server-side functionality for doing stuff like writing to a database. Typically boilerplates are completely client-side, meaning they can be used on top of any framework or even on static web pages.

MagicEdit Tutorial

We touched on MagicEdit a bit during the Hangout, but we also have a basic tutorial that you can walk through to implement the base feature set. You can install it on your own MagicEdit account here (, or just download it here (

See you next time!
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